Grub Control Services in Minneapolis

An active population of grubs can cause extensive damage requiring costly seeding or sod repair. Grub damage can be challenging to diagnose, and a small population may go unnoticed. Symptoms of a grub infestation that requires grub control service include large areas with irregular brown patches that you can pull up easily and an increase in animal activity feeding on the larvae. 

If you suspect your property in the Minneapolis & St. Paul Metro area has grubs, schedule a consultation with an expert at Rainbow Lawncare today for your grub control service!

bare soil surrounded by grass caused by grub damage

What are grubs, and why do I have them?

Grub issues are newer to the Twin Cities, and our experts have seen an increase in the population of both European Chafer Beetle and Japanese Beetle grubs over the past few years. Both species feed on the roots of turf as larvae and can be managed by our preventative grub control. We recommend treating your lawn regardless of whether you see current grub damage. Adult Japanese Beetles and European Chafers are highly mobile over the summer and fly to new turf areas to lay their eggs, where the grub-feeding cycle begins again.

Note that preventative lawn treatments for grubs will not protect your trees and shrubs from adult Japanese Beetles. Adults are highly mobile and can fly in from other yards miles away. If you are interested in protecting your trees and shrubs from adult Japanese beetle damage, our sister company Rainbow Treecare can help!

diagram of Japanese beetle life cycle used to determine treatments for grub prevention service

What can you expect from our grub control service?

There are two types of grub services, preventative and curative (control):

  • Grub prevention service is done early in the season, with the ideal application in Minnesota in late April or May. With this service, you can expect grub control for the remainder of the growing season. This means minimal damage will occur from grubs feeding on turfgrass.
  • Grub control service is done when grubs are diagnosed later in the season, typically due to visible damage. A fast-acting product is used to eliminate the existing population of grubs and stop further damage.

Our experts may recommend additional seeding or sod services if your lawn has significant grub damage.

Why choose the experts from Rainbow Lawncare?

Although it is possible to apply grub control to your property yourself, without proper diagnosis, you may use an incorrect amount of product. Our experts will determine the best course of action based on the time of year and level of infestation and will only apply products to the area(s) needed. Additionally, many customers find the cost of the product, equipment, and storage–not to mention the time involved–isn’t a significant saving over hiring an expert.

Additional frequently asked questions about grub control

Grub control costs are determined according to the size of your yard and what product is needed based on preventive or curative (control) treatment. There is also a separate cost for lawn repair if the damage is significant. Our experts recommend having a preventative service performed yearly in the spring if you have a history of grub infestation.

A lawn stressed from insects or diseases is prone to additional problems. By managing grubs quickly, you can ensure no further stress to your turfgrass. In addition to the short-term benefit of eliminating the grubs, maintaining a healthy lawn is your greatest weapon against future infestations. Beetles don’t like to lay eggs in thick, tall, healthy grass, so keep your lawn well-fed, mow high, and avoid over-watering.

Lawn grubs are the larvae of different types of beetles, including European Chafer beetles, Japanese beetles and June bugs. The mature beetles lay eggs in the summer. In the fall, the larvae hatch and begin to cause damage by feeding on turf grassroots. Over the winter, the larvae burrow deep into the soil to hibernate and resume their damaging activity in the spring.

Grub damage may appear in Minnesota lawns in the fall and spring, with spring damage being more significant. If a large population of grubs is left unchecked, they can severely damage your lawn’s root system. This can leave behind large, dead patches of grass. Also, raccoons, birds, and other animals who feast on grubs will cause further damage by digging or pecking for their dinner!

Schedule your grub control service today!

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